Day of the Dead, Part One

As Halloween and the Day of the Dead draw near, we thought it appropriate to make a pilgrimage, of sorts, to visit some of the notable figures in the history of the Anaheim Brewery.  Our first stop was the resting place of Simon Goldstein, Anaheim’s first brewer.

Simon was born in Poland in 1829, arrived in Anaheim by way of Belmont , Nevada and in 1870, with his partner, New Yorker Samuel Davis, established the Anaheim Brewery at 140 West Lincoln Avenue.  Goldstein was the brewmaster, while Davis handled the business end of things: tending bar and managing the gambling room (even though he was Justice of the Peace!).

Goldstein bought Davis’ interest in the brewery in 1871, and immediately remodeled.  October 28, 1871’s Anaheim Gazette included this article about the new brewery.  The upper story of the building contained offices and most likely, living quarters for Mr. Goldstein.

By 1875, Goldstein’s health started to fail.  In December of 1875, he had rented out his brewery saloon, and moved to Los Angeles “for his health.”

On October 31st, 1876, Simon Goldstein passed away in Los Angeles.  That day, the Anaheim Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, of which Simon was a member, adopted a resolution that the Lodge “be draped in mourning and that each brother wear a badge of mourning for the usual length of time…”

He was buried in the cemetery of the Hebrew Benevolent Society, the first Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles, located in Chavez Ravine.  He wouldn’t rest there long, though.  An outbreak of the plague in Los Angeles resulted in an order moving all cemeteries outside of the city limits.  Between 1902 and 1910, Simon Goldstein and the other 359 souls resting with him were moved to East Los Angeles, to what is now Home of Peace Memorial Park on Whittier Boulevard.  His stone is in one of the oldest sections of the cemetery.  It is interesting to note that his headstone reads “Sam” Goldstein, not Simon.   He was probably called Sam, and even the 1870 census refers to him as Samuel Goldstein, but the probate records for his estate refer to him as “Simon.”  We brought him a drink of our “Oktoberfest” beer.

The top section of his headstone is written in Hebrew.  The rabbi at Home of Peace translated it for us.  It reads “Samuel, son of Solomon, rose to the heavens on the 13th day of the 2nd month of the (Jewish religious) year.  May his soul be bound up in the bond of everlasting life.”

Stay tuned for more on the notable souls of Anaheim Brewery.

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